Pope asks youths to help rejuvenate Church; youths ask Church to listen
The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people so that it can preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told some 300 young adults.
“We need to rediscover in the Lord the strength to get up after failure, to move forward, to strengthen hope for the future,” the pope said on 19th March, opening a weeklong meeting in preparation for October’s Synod of Bishops.
Most of the young people gathered with the pope at the Legionaries of Christ’s Maria Mater Ecclesia College in Rome were chosen as delegates by their national bishops’ conferences. Others represented a variety of Catholic movements or ministries, including religious life. But the Vatican also invited delegates from other Christian churches, other religions, including Islam, and young people who describe themselves as nonbelievers.
Pope Francis told the young people that they are the ones who can help the Church fight “the logic of ‘it’s always been done this way,'” which he described as “a poison, a sweet poison that tranquilises the heart and leaves you anesthetised so you can’t walk.”
Picture: Pope Francis poses for a photo at a pre-synod gathering of youth delegates at the Pontifical International Maria Mater Ecclesiae College in Rome on 19th March. The meeting was in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment this October at the Vatican. Seated next to the pope are Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, and US Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: daring, energetically, energy, enthusiasm, Gospel, hope, Legionaries of Christ's Maria Mater Ecclesia College, preach, rome, Vatican, youth